Nov. 23 (UPI) — United Arab Emirates Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan will make a visit to Turkey this week in a joint bid to improve relations between the two nations, officials said Tuesday.
Both leaders have expressed a desire to improve relations between Ankara and Abu Dhabi, which have become more adversarial in recent years due to a number of conflicts.
The two countries have supported opposing sides in conflicts in Libya, Syria and Yemen and have threatened in the past to suspend all diplomatic ties.
Ankara, which is the UAE’s largest trading partner, has sought to simmer tensions and encourage Abu Dhabi to mend ties with other nations like Saudi Arabia.
Officials said Erdogan spoke by phone with the crown prince earlier this year and they discussed relations and regional issues.
UAE adviser Anwar Gargash said in a tweet that Wednesday’s visit will mark a “new phase” in Turkey-UAE relations.